Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Miracles

"Miracles begin understated. 
They begin, and the earth doesn't shake and trumpets don't sound.
 Miracles begin with the plainsong of a promise~ and sometimes not even fully believed. 
This is always the best place for miracles."
~ Ann Voskamp


In these last few days before Christmas, as we hustle to wrap in a fury of festive paper, prepare our holiday menus, bake up a storm, and delight in the joy of family, I hope you can take a few minutes to see the miracles.


They happen everyday.
Really, they do...if you look.
Too often, I miss the miracles and only later revel in the knowledge that something really wonderful happened.

Usually it is in the simple, when you open yourself to just accept Christ and all His grace.
The greatest things are never the things you can buy...rather relationships.
There are miracles in the everyday, the routine, the mundane.

In the cookie baking and scrubbing and cleaning.
In the joy of sharing, giving, receiving.

Sometimes a miracle is plopped right in front of you with a huge red ribbon and you see it right away.
Two years ago my Dad was in the hospital at this time, in the final stages of ALS, hooked to machines to help him breathe, and we were told he would die the next day.

The priest came and he was baptized.

The next morning, while the doctors stood by shaking their heads in utter confusion, he was having waffles and orange juice.
Completely off all machines.
And we had two of the most memorable weeks with him until he went home.

BIG RED BOW on that one.
{My Dad :) }

Sometimes you may not even notice,...the child silently helping fold laundry, or writing you a little love note, your spouse going the extra mile to do something. 
The neighbor who leaves a ribbon-tied package of cookies on your step.
The person who opens the door for you at the store or the kind smile from a stranger.
They're all little miracles.



" Now the miracles stack, multiply. You don't have to work for the coming of the Lord~ you don't have to work for Christmas. The miracle is always that God is gracious. You don't have to earn Christmas, you don't have to perform Christmas, you don't have to make Christmas. You can rest in Christ....open your heart to the miracle of grace."
~Ann Voskamp

Wishing you a day where you can take a few minutes to slow and see the miracles around you.

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Happiest of holidays to you all and I hope your Christmas is a dear and memorable day!

~Julia




9 comments:

Linda said...

Beautiful!!

connie steele said...

Merry CHristmas and you are so right it is in the simple things.. Bless you this holiday season.

Simply Shelley said...

A beautiful and very thoughtful post....life in itself is truly a miracle....the heartbeat...the taking breathe in and out....all a miracle. Christmas blessings to you and yours.

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Oh Julia - this is so lovely...

All of your thoughts here.. and yes! taking time to SLOW - long enough to see the Miracles...

May you continue to be blessed this Season.

Merry Christmas!!
~Bevy

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thoughtful, lovely post.
Patty

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

Your words are so gentle and kind.
Just lovely ` I will take the time to see the miracles. Thank you for a lovely post. Merry Christmas May God Bless your family.

Lisa said...

I needed this so much today. Thank you for the reminder and merry Christmas!

Sharon L said...

And Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for a beautiful post.

Francesca Passionedeco Cera Novecento said...

As usual your "Christmas post" is so deep and touching and revealing.
Thanks Julia.

A happy new year to you and your wonderful family.

Fra

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